03/03/15 6:31pm

Winter Weather
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Alexandria, Virginia and the surrounding area for Wednesday night March 4 @ 7:00 PM through 7:00 AM March 5. 5 INCHES OF SNOW OR MORE is quite possible. A Winter Storm Watch means there may be hazardous winter weather due to various elements such as heavy snow, sleet, or ice accumulation from freezing rain.


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03/03/15 5:54pm

alexandria logoOn March 3, Acting City Manager Mark B. Jinks presented City Council with a proposed General Fund Operating Budget (PDF) of $647.9 million and an All Funds budget of $815.0 million, which represent increases over the current year of 1.7% and 1.3%, respectively. This budget includes a $197.8 transfer to schools, a 3.1% increase over FY 2015 funding. The proposed budget includes no increase in any tax rate, and invests $1.6 billion over 10 years in Alexandria’s Capital Improvement Program.

“My budget provides a sustainable path forward and retains core services.” said Jinks. “I am proposing the necessary investments to ensure a bright future for Alexandria.”

The proposed budget reflects City Council’s Strategic Plan, analysis in the City’s Five-Year Financial Plan, the five budget priorities first adopted by the previous city manager, and extensive input from community engagement meetings and online forums.

“City Council looks forward to carefully reviewing the Acting City Manager’s proposals,” said Mayor William D. Euille.  “We share the goal of a strategic and forward-thinking budget that values our entire community.”

The City faces the eighth straight year of budgetary challenges, due to the slow recovery from the national recession, a regional economic downturn, and a sluggish revenue forecast.  These factors combined to create a $31 million revenue gap as this year’s budget was being prepared.  The budget process incorporated the new approach first used to develop the FY 2015 budget, which seeks to link spending to long-term outcomes. In addition, each department contributed options to reduce spending strategically, without making the kind of across-the-board cuts that tend to encourage quantity over quality. Incorporating many of these options is one reason why the proposed budget avoids the need for more dramatic cuts.

The budget underscores the City’s investment in its workforce, funding merit increases for employees who earn them through performance, increasing starting pay for police officers,  providing an across-the-board salary increase for all other sworn police positions, and adding an additional step to the firefighter/paramedic career ladder.

City Council will hold eight work sessions throughout March and April to review the proposed budget with City staff; a public budget presentation on March 5 at Samuel Tucker Elementary School; a special budget public hearing on March 16; and a tax rate public hearing on April 21. All sessions are open to the public and will be recorded and posted online. The public may submit comments online, or speak at the public presentations and hearings.

The full Acting City Manager’s message to City Council, and details about the proposed budget, public budget presentation and public meetings, and online comments, are located at alexandriava.gov/Budget .

03/03/15 4:56pm

Acting President & CEO promoted from within organization

AEDPThe Alexandria Economic Development Partnership (AEDP) announces the retirement of Val P. Hawkins after nearly six years as President and CEO. Hawkins was chosen by the AEDP Board of Directors in 2009 to lead the organization, whose mission is to grow and retain businesses in the City of Alexandria.

Hawkins tenure at AEDP is most notably defined by the integral role he played on the team that secured the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) relocation to Alexandria. On the City’s behalf, Hawkins led the information exchange and communications required during the multi-year procurement process between the City of Alexandria and the federal government, brokers and developer.

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03/03/15 4:12pm

Alexandria, Virginia Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Valor Awards Sixteen public safety personnel will be recognized on April 30 at the 2015 Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Foundation Public Safety Valor Awards Luncheon to be held at Alexandria First Baptist Church beginning 11:30 AM.

The program, presented by Inova Alexandria Hospital, will recognize acts of valor by police, fire, and sheriff deputies during incidents occurring in 2014.

“Heroism, courage, bravery and balancing commitment to community, team and families is what we honor during our Public Safety Valor Awards Luncheon,” stated John T. Long, Chamber President & CEO.

This year’s honorees, listed below, includes two K-9 recipients. For information and to make reservations to attend the Valor Reception, please visit this link.

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03/03/15 12:36pm

Due to today’s expected wintry mix, all after-school and evening activities in Alexandria City Public Schools or on school grounds are canceled, including adult education classes. Campagna Kids and Campagna Center’s early childhood programs will close at 5:00 PM.

This announcement does not pertain to events and activities scheduled in City recreation centers or other City facilities.

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